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NEWS : Politics  

APCís Victoria Park Project Stalls
By Aruna Turay
Aug 21, 2009, 17:05
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It could be recalled that in the midst of 2008, the Freetown City Council (FCC) closed the Victoria Park in Freetown from public use under the guise of limiting the unchecked use of the Park during the erstwhile SLPP regime that had allegedly led to the Park being left ugly, unkempt and dirty. During the campaigning period for According to the Council, the park was closed to public use in order to give them a chance to beautify the Park and upgrade it to what they claimed would be a "5-Star National Park". The Council also disclosed that they would like the renovated Park, to contain public toilets, internet cafes, telephone booths, mini-super markets, entertainment center, canteens, swimming pools and other recreational facilities.

According to the FCCís PRO, the Councilís deadline to have achieved these plans was slated for December 2008. Unfortunately, this is August 2009 and little or no improvement have been seen so far in the Park but rather people have started operating in the park again as it has been opened to public use just as it was during the erstwhile SLPP regime.

In an exclusive interview with the Public Relations Officer of Freetown City Council Cyril Mattia he informed that initially it was Councilís plans to upgrade the park to a five star national park, but due to "lack of funding", he went on, they started the beautification work with Councilís personal funds which he said faded out shortly after the work was commenced. He said anticipated international support fund, which they were highly depending on, is still yet forthcoming. In this regard, the PRO went on, the Council though it wise to reopen the park to temporal public use until funds are ready to kick start the project again.

"The moment we receive the funding we are expecting, the project will start right away," said the PRO, while calling on donors to fund the project for the greater good of the residents of the capital city.


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